Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Packaged Tribute to Black Barbie's 40th Anniversary

40th Anniversary Black Barbie Tribute Package by Pabboo Redfeather

Among other things, Pabboo G. Redfeather is an artist and doll collector extraordinaire. He has founded several Facebook doll discussion groups, most of which have a focus on fashion dolls or Barbie specifically. I am a member of his Black Barbie First Collector Club on Facebook. This year he created a limited-edition tribute package to the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie, which includes his artwork of paper dolls and the custom-made fabric used for the Barbie club dress he made. I received one of the packages from Pabboo recently, the contents of which are described below.


The tribute package is enclosed in a red pocket folder.
The contents of the tribute to Black Barbie's 40th anniversary include:

  • A limited-edition club dress that uses special-ordered fabric with Pabboo's artwork.
  • Earrings, bracelet, and red high-heel shoes for Barbie.
  • One black and one white miniature baby.
  • The club pin includes Pabboo's rendition of the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie.
  • A red feather.
  • Three pins with images of the first Black Barbie, the 2010 reproduction of the first Black Barbie, and the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie.
  • 8-1/2 x 11-inch Black Barbie 40th anniversary illustration.
  • (Three) 8-1/2 x 11-inch Black Barbie paper doll sheets (doll and clothes) that feature artwork by Pabboo.
  • (Two) 8-1/2 x 11-inch biography sheets of Kitty Black Perkins, the former Mattel designer who designed the first Black Barbie among other Barbies.




Shown here are the club dress and a plastic packet containing the club pin, bracelet, earrings, and shoes for Barbie, and two miniature babies. A red feather was in the folder pocket.

The upper part of the dress is illustrated here.
The dress, which uses special-ordered fabric with Pabboo's artwork, has red ribbon trim at the neck and waist. A red ribbon flower is at the center of the waist.

The skirt of the dress
The skirt of the dress continues the pattern of headshots of Black Barbie drawn by Pabboo. The phrases, "1st Black Barbie Club 1980 Pabboo," and "Black Barbie 40th Anniversary" are printed throughout the fabric. 

This package contains the club pin, accessories for Barbie, and miniature dolls.

A package of pins includes images of the First Black Barbie, the 2010 reproduction of the first Black Barbie, and the 40th Anniversary Black Barbie.

Pabboo's hand-drawn 1st Black Barbie artwork, 1st Black Barbie paper doll, and paper doll clothes

Kitty Black Perkins' biography is included on two 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheets.
The club dress is designed to fit the first Black Barbie, but I have not decided if I will redress a doll wearing it. The true collector in me feels I need a duplicate dress so I can keep this package intact.

Thank you, Pabboo. Your artwork and the entire package presentation are beautiful!

Related Links:
Black Barbie First Collector Club
Iconic Barbie Better Reflects Global Diversity (an article featuring Pabboo)

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